2015 Dorothy D. Rupe Nursing Assistant Grants

A Request for Proposals

The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation invites accredited California community colleges to submit proposals for consideration at its February 2015 board meeting. Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to support certified nursing assistant and home health aide programs during the 2015-16 academic year.

The central goal of the Dorothy D. Rupe Nursing Program is to sustain and strengthen certified nursing assistant and home health aide training programs at California community colleges. Grants are awarded to programs providing quality entry-level healthcare training for students, thereby creating economic opportunity for low-income, unemployed, and/or re-entry workers, as well as increasing the availability of CNAs and HHAs in California communities demonstrating a critical need in the workforce. The Foundation has a particular interest in projects that will expand the number of direct care workers providing aid in a home-based setting.

Dorothy D. Rupe Nursing Assistant Grants can be used for the following:

  • Instructional Support – To fund an instructor or instructional assistant position for the purpose of program expansion or improvement
  • Student Support and/or Emergency Assistance – To provide financial assistance to low-income students for enrollment costs (e.g. registration fees, books, uniforms) or for one-time, unforeseen expenditures for students at risk of withdrawal
  • Exam Fees and Testing Coordinator Travel Expenses – To ensure that students successfully completing CNA instruction are able to participate in the state certification exam
  • Equipment/Supplies – To upgrade outdated or deteriorating equipment for CNA/HHA training, or to purchase needed supplies not provided for by the nursing department due to statewide budget cuts
  • Curriculum Development – To support the creation of courses not already offered by the program, in order to address needs in the workforce and assist with the professional development of CNA/HHAs
  • Continuing Education – To provide scholarships for existing CNA/HHAs to maintain certification, enhance caregiving skills, and reduce turnover in the workforce

Please note that the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation provides support for direct program expenses only; funding may not be used to pay for indirect costs or college foundation overhead.

To ensure consideration, proposals must be submitted to the foundation no later than Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Awards will be announced in March.

Program Background
The Dorothy D. Rupe Nursing Program at the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation was prompted by Arthur Rupe’s experience with his late wife’s illness and his ordeal in finding suitably trained, compassionate nursing assistants to care for her. Since 2000, the foundation has provided support to Santa Barbara City College’s Dorothy D. Rupe Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide Program, resulting in the training and certification of approximately 115 nursing assistants annually. The program frequently achieves completion and examination pass rates of 100 percent; in addition, nearly 45 percent of SBCC CNA students are employed at local facilities immediately upon completing the program, and over 70 percent continue working toward certification as a Licensed Vocational Nurse or an Associate’s Degree in Nursing.

As a result of this successful venture—and mindful of the ongoing need for certified nursing assistants and home health aides to care for our rapidly aging population throughout the state of California—the foundation wishes to extend its support to other CNA/HHA programs in the California community college system. In 2014, the foundation awarded program grants totaling over $730,000. For more information on last year’s awards, visit www.rupefoundation.org/programs/nursing.php.

All California community colleges with an existing certified nursing assistant program are eligible to apply. Grants will be distributed to the college’s district, foundation, or other qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves as the program’s fiscal sponsor.

How to Apply
Please apply online at https://www.grantinterface.com/rupe/Common/LogOn.aspx. First-time applicants will be required to create a new account prior to accessing the online application. After logging on, click on “Apply,” then “Dorothy D. Rupe Nursing Assistant Grants” to begin a new application. A letter of inquiry is not required for this funding opportunity.

Applications must include the following:

  • A brief overview of the community college and population served
  • A detailed description of the nursing assistant program, including year established, number of sections offered per semester, number of students enrolled/waitlisted, completion rate and CNA exam pass rate
  • A description of the program’s current needs and the project to be funded
  • A clear rationale for the project to be funded
  • Names and brief biographies of the program director and any other key faculty and/or staff involved in the project
  • Project timeline and evaluation methods
  • A detailed project budget

After submission, the foundation may contact the CNA program director with questions or a request for additional information. Application deadline is Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

Reporting Requirements
Grantees will be required to submit fiscal and narrative reports on project outcomes within 30 days of its completion.

For questions or additional information, please contact Christine Northup, Program Officer, at Christine@anrf.net or (805) 687-8586.